A SUP Away Holiday to Dublin, Ireland’s Capital City

Posted date: 14-August-2019

Dublin, Ireland’s capital city is located right on the east coast and is steeped in culture and history. From its historic buildings to cool rooftop bars where you can enjoy a pint of Guinness. It’s also a fantastic place to SUP with so many places to get out on the water to see the city skyline or the rugged Irish coast.


SUP activities
Irish Sup are an ASI accredited stand up paddle school based in Dublin and provide a range of lessons and tours at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Scotsman’s Bay, and Dollymount Beach to all levels, ages and abilities. To date they are still the only SUP specific school in Dublin and have the reputation for providing the very best in SUP education. They also provide SUP Instructor workshops, SUP clinics and courses.


SUP Tours
Irish SUP offers SUPari tours. They are an ideal way to explore the Irish coastline and serene inland waterways. You can cruise alongside the seals basking on the rocks, or the swans patrolling their patch and watch marine life underneath your board in crystal clear waters.


SUP Adventures further afield
Irish SUP offer day SUParis in winter and summer! They also link up with associated international SUP schools to offer SUP adventure holidays with a summer SUPari to Slovenia and an autumn Surf SUPari to Portugal in October.



SUP for the family
They offer all levels of instruction for kids aged 7 and over. They also have kids summer camps for 8 to 16-year olds. 


What’s included:

All SUP lessons include SUP instruction and safety briefings along with SUP board, paddle, leash, lifejacket and wetsuit.



Getting there

Dublin airport is situated 10km north of the city where are regular internal and international flights. There are two main train stations in Dublin city, with trains to all destinations within Ireland. You can also sail to Dublin from UK and France.


Where to stay:

There is a huge selection of accommodation for all budgets from hotels, guest houses, B & B's and camping. The Royal Marine Hotel offers 4-star accommodation (£99 per night) with sea views, an Irish bistro and indoor pool and spa.



Where to eat

Food from all over the world is represented at the vast number of eateries in Dublin, but if you want to go for traditional Irish then head to the Old Mill Restaurant. It specialises in seafood, as well as steaks and has a good selection of vegetarian options. Located in the heart of Dublin city in the well-known Temple Bar area.



Best time of year to visit:

From Spring to September is the best time to visit when the weather is warmer and the SUP conditions better. Peak season is July and August when it is the busiest. It can be cold, wet and windy in winter.


Local Tourist Attractions

Dublin Castle was founded in 1204 and was the centre of English and British rule in Ireland for 800 years. It is open 7 days a week to visitors.


A visit to the rooftop Gravity Bar, with its 360-degree view of Dublin is where you can enjoy a pint of the black stuff (Guinness!) Or, in one of the Temple district traditional Irish pubs of course.


Unlock the treasures and stories of Ireland's capital city with the Dublin Discovery Trails, a new series of free self-guided walking trails. Let magical tales of the city's colourful past weave their spell as you wander from trail to trail.


There is a wealth of visitor attractions to see in Dublin depending on how much time you want to spend off the paddleboard.  See Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral or the museum quarter. Check out Visit Dublin’s website below for more:



Book your SUP lessons, tours, camps or a SUP adventure with Irish SUP. Their top-notch instruction will help you learn in a safe environment while having the Irish craic! If you’re a seasoned paddler, Irish Sup’s highly experienced trainers can take you on some epic down wind or SUP surfing tours around the Irish coast. For more information:





About ASI


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We set the standards for education, accreditation, professional development and ongoing support for our members, offering pathways from entry level to elite level.

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ASI Accredited Schools abide by the high international standards for operations, training and safety.



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